International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme: Phase II

China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda


Supporting poverty reduction, sustainable development, climate change action and international trade

East Africa boasts some of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest natural bamboo forests, and accounts for around 3-4% of the world’s total known bamboo coverage. The goal of the Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme is to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits from bamboo in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, by developing inclusive and sustainable value chains for industries and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), resulting in enhanced livelihood opportunities, food security and environmental management.

Running from 2020 to 2023, Phase II of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme builds on the first phase of the project, which transferred knowledge, technologies and policy experiences from European and Asian bamboo sectors to create considerable momentum for the bamboo sector. Beginning in 2020, the second phase of the Programme aims to build on the opportunities demonstrated and opened up during Phase I. The vision of the programme is to create an organised, efficient, vibrant and visible bamboo sector in East Africa, that sustainably delivers long-term economic and environmental benefits.

The specific objectives of the programme are to:

  • Develop pro-poor industry and SME value-chains by upscaling existing value chains and diversifying into new ones.
  • Restore and sustainably manage bamboo resources, so that they contribute to decreased deforestation, enhanced carbon sinks, and increased climate resilience for ecosystems and livelihoods.
  • Improved business environment, market development, policy and regulatory frameworks for increased public and private sector investment in bamboo.

The programme is expected to provide direct benefits to some 28,500 people, as well as restoring 5000 hectares of degraded land with bamboo and enhancing sustainable management practices for 5000 hectares of bamboo plantations and farms. The target groups are smallholder farmers, women, youth, SMEs and larger industries.

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Dutch-Sino East Africa Development Programme Phase II - Brochure

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Properties of East African Bamboo

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